Moving To Puerto Rico

The sunny beach, an island life with intricate culture and an easy pace of life – who would not want to live this dream! And this is exactly what your move to Puerto Rico from the USA mainland will offer you. No wonder Puerto Rico is seeing an influx of Americans moving from the mainland to this island country to live a Caribbean dream. Puerto Rico offers a unique blend of century old historical and cultural flavor with the modern facilities. Naturally, this is a land where your dream international relocation can take place easily.

Moving to Puerto Rico from USA

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Puerto Rico

To start, one of our trained moving specialists will Puerto Rico, the island country is a sunny dream. We get the urge behind your decision to move here. But have you given a thorough consideration to the steps of the international relocation? Any and every relocation, irrespective of whether it is a domestic or an international move can be hectic. It may create a lot of confusion regarding the process of actual move that involves moving your household goods, clearing the documentations, house-hunting and a lot of other tasks!a one-on-one consultation with you, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on certain criteria, such as:

A lot to process? But no need to fret! There is enough hope for you for a hassle-free relocation to Puerto Rico from the USA. At International Sea & Air Shipping we understand your requirements and our team of experienced relocation professionals are equipped with knowledge and expertise to guide you at every step. You can look forward to high quality professional assistance from International Sea & Air Shipping when you are moving to Puerto Rico from US mainland.

It may give you immense peace of mind to know that we have been operating globally for many years now and we can extend our professional services from packing and relocation of your household goods, the relocation of your car, guidance on what kind of container will suit your purpose, documentation help and all these at a competitive price!

At International Sea & Air Shipping we provide end to end specialized services for all types of moving from the origin to the destination. So, let our professionals handle your international relocation to Puerto Rico from the USA while you focus on the post-move settling down in your dream island.

Puerto Rico, a dreamy Caribbean island

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a United States territory situated in the Caribbean Sea and is made up of the main island of Puerto Rico and several smaller islands, including Vieques, Culebra and Mona. Puerto Rico has two official languages, Spanish and English, although Spanish is more prevalent.

Due to its geographical location, Puerto Rico enjoys warm weather year-round and does not participate in daylight savings time. Classified by the World Bank as a high income economy, PR is also labeled as the most competitive economy in Latin America, with commerce driven by the manufacturing and service industries.

Located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated island country that belongs to the mainland of the United States of America. Since 1917 the citizens of Puerto Rico have been recognized as American citizens. That means the citizens of this island country can freely move in between the mainland and this island without the need of any special documentation.

As an island country Puerto Rico enjoys a rich indigenous history that dates back to the settlement of indigenous people some 2000-4000 years ago! Though now an American land, Puerto Rico has long been ruled by the Spanish conquerors. Now a melting pot of the Spanish-African-American culture, this Caribbean island offers a unique cultural vibe that attracts many people to move to Puerto Rico from the USA and many other parts of the world.

Customs Regulations for Puerto Rico

  • Completed U.S. Custom’s form
  • Power of attorney (original)
  • Photo identification (two copies)
  • Bill of Lading
  • Inventory (signed by owner)
  • Freight bill (signed by owner)
  • Customer must be in Puerto Rico during the clearance process
  • Customer should also be present for the Customs process

In Puerto Rico, some articles may not be imported in a customer’s baggage whatsoever. These items (for residents of the United States and non-residents) include, but may not be limited to:

  • Explosives
  • Meat or meat products (dried, canned, etc.)
  • Narcotics and certain medicines containing prohibited substances
  • Absinthe or any alcohol containing artemisia absinthium
  • Plants, seeds, vegetables and fruits
  • Soil, livestock and animals pests
  • Bacteria cultures, fungi specimens, viruses and other biological samples used for research (allowed with APHIS permit)
  • Unprepared fish and fish eggs
  • Imports from embargoed countries (Iran, Myanmar, Sudan)
  • Leather souvenirs imported from Haiti (drums)
  • Endangered wildlife species, monkeys and products made from endangered species
  • Cultural artefacts from Byzantine period, pre-Columbian period, Khmer sculptures (unless with permission)
  • Dog and cat fur
  • Items infringing trademark and copyright regulations
  • Pornographic materials
  • Lottery tickets

Some articles may have restricted quantities or require special authorization/ payments of duties and taxes to clear customs in Puerto Rico. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Firearms (must state serial number; advanced clearance and written arrangements from Puerto Rico’s law enforcement agencies are required for import; can come only as a main baggage)
  • Alcohol – wine and liquor (taxable when imported to the mainland)
  • Medication (must be accompanied by a prescription or letter from a personal physician)

In Puerto Rico, the following rules apply to importing motor vehicles:

  • Personal items cannot be held within the vehicle
  • All automobiles are subject to inspection
  • Vehicles are subject to tax and Customs duties

For importation, you will need the following documents:

  • Title certificate (original)
  • Registration (original)
  • Customer’s driver’s license (copy with Social Security number stating physical and postal address in Puerto Rico)
  • Notarized letter from lienholder showing VIN number, model, make and copy of title
  • Commercial invoice for vans and pickups
  • Customs Form 3299 (if originating from foreign country)
  • Certificate of compliance with U.S. Federal EPA and DOT regulations – Form 3520 (if car imported from foreign country)

When importing a petto Puerto Rico, they will need to have the following documentation:

  • Cats and dogs must be accompanied by…
    • A health certificate, issued at point of origin within 30 days (certificate must state that animals has lived in an area which has not been under quarantine due to contagious, infectious or transmissible disease)
    • A rabies certificate issued within six months (only if the animal is over four months old)
  • Birds require a health certificate issued before shipment.
    • The certificate must state that the birds were found free of psittcosis or ornithosis

When moving to Puerto Rico permanently, shipments from the mainland are subject to excise taxes. Items deemed to be non-essential will be taxed at a rate of 6.6 percent of the value declared by customers. Taxable goods include:

  • Furniture
  • Books and clothing
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Computers
  • Sporting goods items
  • Musical instruments
  • New items
  • Electrical items
  • Carpeting
  • Cameras
  • Toys

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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Top reasons for moving to Puerto Rico from the US

Get in the Boricua vibe

What is Boricua? Simply put, it’s a way of life in Puerto Rico. When you are planning to relocate to Puerto Rico from the USA mainland, you will need to get acquainted with the dominant island culture that this Caribbean island stands for. The people in Puerto Rico, call themselves “Boricua”, a unique name that carries the sense of honor towards the rich heritage of this land. At the same time Boricua also carries the sense of a certain way of life, spirit of the islanders and a particular rhythm of life that give a unique color to life in Puerto Rico.

No special documentation to live & work

Now, as we have mentioned earlier Puerto Rico is a part of the USA. This m,eans you do not have to make tours of the embassy for the lengthy visa processes which you otherwise need to do for other international relocations! Good riddance! So, moving to Puerto Rico basically translates to moving to any other part within the USA! So, plan your journey, decide where to settle down in this Caribbean island and make your dream of an island life come true with the move to Puerto Rico from the USA mainland!

Bypass the customs to move household goods

Here is another rejoicing moment – you can move your household goods without paying any custom duties! At International Sea & Air Shipping we are here to offer you a professional moving guide to advise on which container to rent to move your belongings to your island home! You can make use of our free moving quote and move to Puerto Rico from the USA hassle-free!

Opportunities galore for students & skilled workers alike

Now here is a big trend setter alert! Moving to Puerto Rico from the USA for the students bring them an unique opportunity to learn Spanish and earn credits towards a degree in the semester or summer programs! And all these one can enjoy when they are an American citizen without the need of passport of special VISA

This Caribbean island is also a paradise to live and work for the digital nomads from the mainland USA! How? When you relocate to Puerto Rico from the USA on work purpose you will be fairly surprised to see the intricate network of co-working spaces, high speed internet availability and majorly, tax incentives! Puerto Rico offers a thriving community of tech and start-ups now!

A flurry of exciting activities

And here comes the best part – the island life! A sunny life with sparkling Caribbean sea and stunning beach life, vibrant culture, friendly people and gastronomic heaven – what more do you need! But there is more – you can go golfing, cycling, running, windsurfing and a flurry of other adventure activities! Life is good!

Additional benefits to move to Puerto Rico from the USA

Can there be even more? Yes! Here are two more additional benefits that you can bank on when you are moving to Puerto Rico from US –

No need to change the cell-phone carrier

If you are user of either Verizon, or AT&T or T-Mobile or Sprint – you can keep using the same network when you move and settle in Puerto Rico! Isn’t it fabulous?

No need to change the mailing service

If you have been using USPS then you can use the same mail service to and from your new address in Puerto Rico. There will not be any additional taxes or whatsoever as USPS will treat your new address as they treat any new state address in the USA. Convenient, right?

So, get ready, plan with International Sea & Air Shipping for your move to Puerto Rico from the USA and look forward to live your dream beach life in this Caribbean heaven!